St Laurence Junior Academy celebrates gaining Good Ofsted rating after two years of improvement

Good Ofsted: Louise Buckland, assistant head teacher, Diane Harvey Deputy Headteacher, Linda Sladden SENCO and centre, head teacher Michelle Palmer with school dog Max

St Laurence C of E Junior Academy  in Ramsgate is celebrating after being graded Good across the board by Ofsted inspectors.

The rating is a reflection of the work done to significantly improve since a Requires Improvement grading in 2016.

Inspectors visited the school for two days in July and observed lessons, spoke to pupils and staff and received comments from parents.

School leaders and Trustees were praised for developing an “aspirational culture among pupils and staff”.

St. Laurence is a two form entry, Church of England Junior school in Newington Road that takes pupils from 7 to 11 years old and has close links with its local community and church.

Head teacher Michelle Palmer said, “This is such an accomplishment for the school. The inspectors noted a rapid improvement in pupil outcomes since the last inspection two years ago.  The school has now moved from Required Improvement for total effectiveness to being a Good school in all areas and is well on its way to becoming Outstanding.

“The staff and Trustees are so committed to providing the very best education for our children. We have worked so hard to get this result and are determined that together we will become an Outstanding school.”

The Ofsted inspectors noted: ““The strong relationships between staff and pupils are a strength of the school and have a very positive impact on the pupils’ learning and behaviour.

The report also highlighted good personal development for pupils, good behaviour and that youngsters “are proud of their school community.”

Inspectors said pupil outcomes have improved significantly since the last inspection, adding: “Pupils’ progress has improved significantly and is now strong. Across the school, pupils are making more rapid progress in reading, mathematics and writing than previously. They are prepared well for the next stage of their education.”

For even further improvements Ofsted inspectors suggestions include teachers adjusting the level of challenge to develop pupils’ skills more quickly, especially for higher-attaining pupils and that pupils have greater opportunities to develop their writing skills in different subjects across the curriculum.

Mrs Palmer said: “An exciting time lies ahead for all of us and this is a great start to the new academic year!”